Central Ohio is our community and we are fully dedicated to improving the lives and health of our friends and neighbors. We offer numerous initiatives throughout the year to help carry out this mission. Many of these events, classes and programs are completely free of charge.

We all want to eat healthy – but there’s no need for our taste buds to suffer. We are here to educate our entire community on ways to eat healthy foods that are equally delicious!

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Ross Heart Hospital Community Garden

The Ross Heart Hospital Community Garden has become a valuable resource to so many in our community. The purpose of the garden is to improve the health and wellness of its visitors by informing them of the importance of healthy eating, cooking and nutrition. Patients, caregivers and community members have reaped the benefits of the community garden – helping them all live a healthier lifestyle.

Learn more about the Ross Community Garden

Community Education

Nutrition services goes far beyond the medical center walls.  We want to empower our community on how to create a healthy lifestyle full of color and flavor through the well balanced foods we eat.  We partner with numerous organizations to provide education and cooking demonstrations that promote healthy food choices.

JamesCare for Life

JamesCare for Life offers a variety of group classes, healthy eating tips through their “Eat Well, Live Well” email program, cooking classes, workshops, grocery shopping tours and healthy recipes for individuals with cancer or cancer survivors. Participants are also invited to join the Garden of Hope (GoH), where they can learn about the health benefits of a plant-based diet and participate in various garden-related events throughout the Summer months.

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Healthy Community Day

Nutrition Services participates in Healthy Community Day by providing nutrition education, healthy recipes, cooking demonstrations and a healthy meal to residents of the surrounding areas. Experience free health care and fun activities at Healthy Community Day.

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Giant Eagle Market District Cooking Demonstrations

Join us at the Upper Arlington Market District as our Ohio State dietitians collaborate with Giant Eagle chefs to share recipes, tips and nutrition facts during a fun and interactive food and cooking demo. Designed for cooking at all levels, experienced chefs will share delicious and nutritious recipes while our expert dietitians provide nutrition facts and answer nutrition-related questions. For questions, please contact buckeyewellness@osu.edu.

Upcoming events:
  • 12/10, 1/28, 2/25, 3/24
  • Events are 6-7pm

Cooking demos are held at the Market District Supermarket in Upper Arlington, 3061 Kingsdale Center, Columbus, OH 43221.

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Farmers Markets

One of the best ways to eat healthier is to explore one of central Ohio’s many farmers’ markets. The Columbus area offers several farmers markets.

Find a farmers market near you
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Food Pantry

We recognize the growing need for healthy food options, especially among our impoverished communities. We are proud to support these efforts through community outreach programs with food banks and food pantries throughout central Ohio.

For example, we work with Mid-Ohio Foodbank to provide food from some of our community gardens. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides nearly 150,000 meals every day to hungry people across central and eastern Ohio. Our team of experts provide recipes along with culinary and nutrition education in order to help families eat healthier every day.

Learn more about the Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Growing Wellness Community Garden

The Growing Wellness Community Garden provides weekly diabetes focused education (prevention and treatment) and garden space to grow produce in a supportive setting. Classes and garden space are free. The garden runs from April – October at Outpatient Care East. Contact Kaleigh.Carpenter@osumc.edu with questions and to join.

Local Community Events

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Highland Youth Garden
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Ross Heart Garden
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Mobile Education Kitchen at Linden Elementary

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